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Find out why Free Fire and 53 other Chinese apps got banned and BGMI did not?

Recently The Indian government has banned 54 more Chinese apps in the country this week. Check more: Date and Weapon Update for the Free Fire Patch OB26

Recently In India, over 54 smartphone apps have been banned. These include games like Garena Free Fire, Beauty Camera: Sweet Selfie HD, Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera, Equalizer & Bass Booster, CamCard for SalesForce Entertainment, and Isoland 2: Ashes of Time Lite. The government is citing a threat to the security and privacy of Indians for the ban. Interestingly, the portion of these apps is part of tech giants like Alibaba, Tencent, and NetEase.

This comes after over 270 mobile apps were banned back in 2020, including PUBG Mobile and TikTok. Some of the latest banned apps are largely clones of the earlier blacklisted apps, which could be why they were removed again.

As you know, the Battlegrounds Mobile India battle royale game hasn’t been banned by the Indian government. The game no longer has any ties with Tencent and the user data is stored locally. The Indian government has banned 54 more Chinese apps in the country this week.

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Why Battlegrounds Mobile India wasn’t banned in India?

No ties with Tencent

BGMI Game is technically the same as PUBG Mobile, which was banned in the country back in 2020 thanks to its connection with popular Chinese company Tencent. However, soon after the ban, the company broke its ties with Tencent, which is the second-largest shareholder of Krafton (owner of PUBG Mobile) with a 15.35 percent stake.

This allowed the game to re-enter the Indian market, where it enjoys an immense following, especially among the youth. Krafton then independently rebranded PUBG Mobile as BGMI and released it in the country. Since there are no ties with Tencent, the Indian government has no reason to ban BGMI in India.

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User data stored locally

When Krafton cut ties with Tencent, it planned to relaunch the game in India, but one major complaint they had was how it handled user data – PUBG Mobile stored user data in China servers. To tackle that, Krafton promised that it was storing user data locally and no longer has any links to China servers. There is no question of security and privacy concerns.

Cosmetic changes

Krafton hasn’t just rebranded PUBG Mobile but has made a few notable cosmetic changes to the game, including better parental controls, blood color changed from red to green, and time limits. Parental controls offer parents to keep tabs on their kids and how long they play. Young players under the age of 18 need their parents’ consent to participate. They will need to enter the mobile number of their parents or guardians in the game to verify parental consent.

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